Loudspeakers come in all flavors and sizes. In fact, I cannot think of another product category in high-end audio that comes close to the variety found in these sound producing boxes.
If we were to segregate them into broad performance categories, such as resolving power, we might make a little headway in sorting through their myriad differences.
I think it’s fair to say that, as a whole, some resolve differences in sound quality, while others smooth over those differences.
A resolving speaker is what I believe most of us wish for. Else, why would we bother with all the work and expense of building a high-performance system? We wish to unmask differences and get to the core of the hidden treasures buried in our recordings.
Yet, the notion that some speakers are resolving while others blur and hide is generally not accepted. Consider the group of engineers and sound experts that cannot hear changes many of us take for granted. It’s kind of like someone who is unable to see color arguing there is no blue.
We don’t yet have the means to rate speakers by their abilities to define subtle changes.
If we did, how might yours rate?
Please see PS Audio’s website for pictures!
Bits and pieces
We’re dipping into a bit of the past with this post but I thought you might find it of interest.
As you read this we’re tearing down the finished AN3 loudspeakers we’ve been laboring over and putting them on a truck for tomorrow’s setup day at RMAF.
Over the past few weeks, it’s been a whirlwind of change and work getting to this point and I haven’t had much of a breather to share the “sausage-making” behind the scenes shots, so forgive me.
As some may remember, the new construction for AN3 is in two boxes, a top cabinet with the twin midbass woofers, and the coaxial ribbon midrange and tweeter. The bottom cabinet is all subwoofer with its frightening 12″ beast and 700-watt amplifier. Here, have a look:
This will give you a better idea of how that works. The finished cabinets aren’t that heavy and even I can easily lift one and pop it onto the sub cabinet. From there, it’s easy to add the side fastener that tie the two together. On the rear of the speaker are multiple sets of binding posts where the top and bottom cabinet’s audio signal are connected via supplied jumpers. I’ll send you pictures of what this looks like when I get a chance.
Below are even more pictures. You can see a closeup of the new custom ribbon coax midrange Chris designed, the custom leveling hardware on the base, and what the new woofer looks like peeking through the side panel.
Tomorrow it’s all hands on deck at the show set up day.